Russell Holton
(AVSIG Member)
08/03/16 08:35 PM
Re: Password Security....should you change it often?

Yes, certainly a gripe I have. If a hacker gets ahold of your password, he's likely to use it right away. You'd have to be changing the password daily to have any affect on that.

The only situation where I see it improving security is that it's not usual for coworkers to share passwords. It might be against policy, but the unwritten "prime directive" is "get the job done". Sometimes people need to borrow someone with a higher privilege to get something done. And it's far easier to share a password then to drop what you're doing and help out.

Once a coworker knows someone's password, they can use it anytime - until it's changed.

Of course, most people generate a new password by simply incrementing the required digit. Very easy to figure out. I have yet to run into a system that complains that your new password is too similar to your old one. (I have seen one that complains if the password is too similar to your login name.)

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